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Pretty Mohea
"Little Mohea." Recorded by Mrs. Emory P. Morrow, Aliceville, Alabama, 1925.
1. As I went out walking for pleasure one day In sweet recreation *r> while time away;
As 1 sat amusing myself on the grass,
Oh! who should I spy but a fair Indian lass.
2.  She sat down beside me, took holt of my hand, Said: "You are a stranger and in a strange land, But, if you will come, you're welcome to go And dwell in the cottage that I call my home."
3.  The sun was fast sinking far over the sea As I wandered along with my pretty Mohea; Together we wandered, together we roamed,
Till we came to the cottage in the cocoanut grove.
4.  Then this kind expression she made unto me: "If you will consent, sir, and stay here with me, And go no more roaming far over the salt sea, I'll teach you the language of an Indian Mohea."
5. "Oh! no, my dear maiden, that never can be, For I have a true love in my own country.
And I'll not forsake her, for I know she loves me,
And I love her and her heart is as true as the pretty Mohea."
6. It was early one morning, one morning in May, To a fair maiden these words I did say:
"I'm going to leave you, so farewell, my dear, My ship sail's approaching and home 1 must stay."

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